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76-year-old man arrested over death of 81-year-old wife in Kobe


Police in Kobe said Monday they have arrested a 76-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 81-year-old ailing wife on Sunday.

Police said Makoto Ito has admitted to strangling his wife Miyoko with his hands at around 6 p.m. at their home in Chuo Ward.

Ito called 110 later Sunday and said he had killed his wife, police said. Police found the victim lying on her bed. She was declared dead at the scene.

Police quoted Ito as saying he was worn out from looking after his wife.

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This tragic end has been the fate of many and will continue to be in the coming years unless more money is placed into organizations that help care for the aged.

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Rewind and repeat. This scenario repeats itself over and over and again. You’d think that a developed and rich country would have better aged care and family support with 30% of the population being over 65. (Tongue in cheek)

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Oh no, not again.

We need much better social services to deal with vulnerable people, especially the elderly. It makes me so sad and cross to read about this in a daily basis.

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It's tragic that this happens so often.


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As long as the govt gets the military weapons they are spending trillions of yen on its all ok. Aged care facilities are well down the list of important items to spend money on.

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I don't see this situation getting better soon. We have aging demographics, a faltering economy with inflation, and the government is not only broke but hopelessly in debt. On top of that, extended families of the past that would have provided more help are pretty much disappearing in the modern world, leaving the elderly to fend for themselves.

Depending on the government for help is a fool's dream. Governments aren't there to help. People need to look among themselves and assess their values and lives. Usually that only happens after a massive crisis.

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Mark -Try asking the people who spam the same thing every article pretending to care about the victims.

Exactly how does your comment relate to my specific question?

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So many thumbs down for the folks suggesting that more should be done to offer support and an option other than to murder/euthanize a loved one to those who feel there is no other option.

Hey, you want to thumbs down, okay - Other than what is your solution?

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You would think that in a country with such a huge senior population, and a government that relies on their votes, their would be a better elder care system, as well as a better government-provided pension system.

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In America - we have in our medical benefit the service of home care where a nurse takes care of our elderly parents.. It appears this benefit does not even exist in Japan.

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Nothing in the article suggests the man was facing financial difficulty. He could have been "worn out" emotionally.

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